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Children’s bones, ligaments, and tendons undergo rapid growth during growth spurts and can be more susceptible to injury and pain during these times. It is good practice to pay attention to how your developing child walks, runs, and moves to notice problems with their feet. We encourage all your parents to have a podiatrist assess any concerns about pediatric foot care. Have your kids see a foot doctor regularly throughout childhood to catch and correct problems as they arise and to prevent unnecessary complications. Here at West Hartford Podiatry Associates, we pride ourselves in offering the best Pediatric Foot care for your child. 

Common foot and ankle problems experienced by children usually include one or more of the following:

Sprained and strained ankles: This is one of the most common injuries in children and adults. Ankle sprains in children heal more quickly, but you should always have them treated promptly and properly by your foot doctor to avoid future complications or missed diagnoses, like fractures.

Achilles tendon problems / Heel Pain: The insertion point where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel is often the site of tendonitis/apophysitis (Sever’s Disease) in children. Heel pain in children often responds well to rest and cold therapy, but if heel pain persists all your foot doctor. 

Toe and foot fractures: Acute breaks and stress fractures are more common in kids since their bones are still developing and haven’t reached full strength.

Children often outgrow foot and ankle issues, but to ensure things progress normally, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis, advice, and treatment!

At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

shockwave therapyHave you explored treatment options for your pain? The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates offer a safe and effective treatment to help patients find relief from common conditions like Achilles tendonitis and heel pain. They are here to answer questions about EPAT, a fast and non-invasive solution. Schedule an appointment to see if this treatment is right for you.

What is EPAT?

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy or EPAT is also known as shockwave therapy. The FDA has approved the treatment, and it is used all around the world. Patients can expect each treatment session to last about 15 minutes.

How does the treatment work? 

First, the podiatrist will apply an ultrasound gel to the treatment area. Then, the treatment begins as pressure waves are applied to the skin. An applicator moves around the problem area in a circular motion. As the applicator delivers pressure waves to the skin, the goal is for the regeneration of new tissue.

How can shockwave therapy help?

Shockwave therapy or EPAT can help treat the following conditions, among others:

  • Heel pain—Plantar fasciitis is a common form of heel pain. Patients feel the most discomfort first thing in the morning or after a time of seated rest.
  • Achilles tendonitis—Inflammation or thickening of the Achilles tendon is the cause of pain for this condition. For more severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.

What are the benefits? 

Patients most love how they can treat their pain without surgery. Since shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure, there’s no downtime. Resume day-to-day activities without waiting.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuries, pediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

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West Hartford Podiatry
2531 Albany Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117


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